Great article on the Wall Street Journal today about custom handmade furniture. The vast majority of furniture related products in stores is mass produced and machine made, even in many of the supposed “higher end” retail stores. Machine made furniture is so prevalent unless people have antiques they often are unaware of the enormous difference in quality between handmade and machine made furniture. With high end wood custom furniture hardware and screws will be rarely if at all visible and more often solid wood will be used. Within the custom wood furniture production world there is a wide range of talent, from entry level woodmakers to many intermediate to few master craftsman furniture makers.